Vimy: The Birth of a Nation


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• Courage on the front • Assault on the ridge • The week of suffering • Trench warfare

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The birth of the nation

Nations choose symbols, and Vimy is an important one for Canada. Tens of thousands have returned to the site of the battlefield in formal and informal pilgrimages. To stand at the memorial on Vimy Ridge in France is to feel the weight of history, the echoes of the clash of battle, and the spirit of those who served and sacrificed.

The hard-fought battle of Vimy Ridge is sometimes called “the birth of the nation.” It was there in April 1917 that the Canadian Corps fought together for the first time in the First World War and achieved success where others had failed.

Commemorate this iconic battle with rare archival photos, war art, maps and text by award-winning historian J.L. Granatstein. Get your copy today and read it all!